Songza has had a pretty successful run as of late, hitting the number one spot among iOS users in Canada. It now is one of the all-to-rare applications to make a native version for Android tablets.
After trying it out on a Nexus 7, I can recommend it as having a strong streaming option. It also takes advantage of some of the specific features that are built into Jelly Bean.
Songza works by arranging music based on your current activity or what you are in the mood for. Its claim to fame is the Music Concierge service, which seeks to provide the right kind of music for you.
Given the time and day it asks what you are doing and offers different genres for your taste and gives you a playlist based on your answers. I’m excited for this smart feature to come to Android as it’s been perfect knowing at 4 o’clock I’m at work and would like something upbeat but quiet, like what you hear at a coffee shop.
Once logged in you have the option of discovering a Songza music playlist by Genre, Activity, Mood, Decade, Culture, Record-Store Clerk, or Just For You. Under each category you’ll find more options. For example “Activities” have everything from “Barbecuing” and “Curing Road Rage” to “Lying Low on A Sunday Afternoon” and “Romantic Evening”. Each activity has a few playlist suggestions which you can save to your favorite collections for future listening or play immediately.
The interface integration with the notification shade and other Jelly Bean features make this a great choice for Android tablet owners, who may not have felt much love from other music streaming apps. Hopefully this is an indication of a stronger ecosystem for music on Android tablets.
Angela Beth Cantido contributed to this article